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Visually documenting reefs

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Changing ocean conditions has a group of reef mappers with the Catlin Seaview Survey setting out to visually document coral reefs. These modern day cartographers are combining science, aesthetics, and techniques to document reefs around the world, enabling changes to be clearly monitored over time. This will then aid scientists, policy makers and the general public to visually comprehend issues threatening reefs worldwide. The Catlin Seaview Survey, in collaboration with Google, the University of Queensland and many others, will create

secret life of corals time lapse

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By day most hard corals colorful benign looking. By night they turn into fierce predators. Daniel Stoupin took 150,000 macro photography shots to create this amazing clip. Each frame of the video is actually a stack that consists of 3-12 shots where in-focus areas are merged. Just the intro and last scene are regular real-time footage, the rest is frames made from this merger of individual macrophotography images. After watching the video find out more about the project and slow

Deep water coral Q&A

Deep-water solitary coral from off the coast of Georgia, Photo: South Carolina DNR

It turns out that cold-water corals are small, very small, and mostly loners, living on the ocean bottom often many feet away from their nearest neighbor.  Awareness of these corals is low in the scientific community and nearly non-existent in the general public. Smithsonian scientist Stephen Cairns’s specialty is these cold-water species and in this Smithsonian Science interview answers questions about these often overlooked marine invertebrates including how they live at these depths, why are they colored when there is

Aquascaping

Single Seamount or Wall Aquascape design for reef tanks

What the heck is Aquascaping? It is arranging substrate materials like your live rock to create a natural environment for your reef or saltwater tank inhabitants. Why do I need to know about this? To give your tank inhabitant a supportive environment…to create a pleasing view for you…to make maintenance of your tank as easy as possible… and lots of other reasons Ready to learn more? See our Aquascaping Your Saltwater or Reef Aquarium primer to get you started!